I don’t know about you, but I’ve found the past few months to be, in a word, exhausting.

Who would have guessed three months ago what our country would look like today? So much distressing news and stressful events in our daily lives as we have all negotiated our way around this pandemic crisis.

I hope you have been faring well and are looking toward a brighter and happier future.

Meanwhile, let’s just have fun with cats, shall we?

As you likely know if you are my Facebook follower, I love cats. My favorite cat of all time has to be little Cicero, whom I adopted in September 2019. I saw his picture on an adoption web site and just fell in love with his sweet face and fluffy tail.

I call him Flurfy because he’s just so darned cute and…flurfy!

The sweet girl who was fostering him promised me on the phone that he was a very affectionate cat. Boy, did that turn out to be true. Another nickname I have for him is Cuddlebug, because he loves cuddles. He will happily lay on his back in my arms and let me snuggle his fuzzy face.

Cicero has just two negative points (and of course I am willing to forgive him anything). First, he likes to jump from the window ledge above my bed onto me. Around 2:30am. Landing squarely on my stomach. There’s no terror quite like waking up to 10 pounds of fur dive-bombing onto you.

Second, he is a bit of a pig about food. You can hardly get the cat food open before he’s pawing at it and trying to take it from you. More than once have I ended up flipping a can upside down. Either Cicero or I end up wearing kitty food gravy.

But other than that, Cicero is adorable and has been great company for me during COVID.

Now, for you dog lovers out there, never fear. The book I’m currently writing features a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Lindbergh. Yes, after the famous pilot. His name is relevant to the plot. And that’s all I’m saying for now!

Do you have a sweet or fun nickname for your pet(s)? I’d love to know what it is. Do you kiss your pet’s forehead? I do so all the time, but I know some people are really against the practice. I guess I can’t help myself.

Hope you enjoyed this dose of overwhelming cuteness and flurfiness.